Do you know a July 39er who’s a real “gem”?
Of course, all 39ers are gems!
We often have fun here with birthstone/gemstone information
and gift suggestions … this month I became obsessed …
Got to thinking about gemstones and
how they play an intriguing part in our lives. A popular gift item, over
millennia, gems have touched us in many fascinating ways.
Not only do gemstones symbolize our
birth month, but identify us even by different centuries, eras, and cultures. Dedicated
to the gems in our lives …
July’s gemstone via the American Gem Society
is established as the royal Ruby,
but … “In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National
Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list.” (Wiki)
And even before a list was made
“official,” Tiffany & Co. published poems of an “unknown author" in an 1870
pamphlet, lionizing our birthstones. Their July
verse: The glowing ruby shall adorn, | Those who in July are born; | Then they'll be exempt and free | From love's doubts and anxiety. But doesn't the day you were born deserve something sparkly?